Rollerskating Championships Pt. 2

Rollerskating Championships Pt. 2


TO THE SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. MORE THAN 1500 SKATERS SHOWING UP THEIR MOVES FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK. ASHLEY WILLIAMS JOINS US LIVE ON ROLLERSKATES, I HOPE. YOU KNOW WHAT’S FUNNY ABOUT THIS, WE WILL NEVER PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT SKATES ON. RIGHT NOW THIS IS A NATIONAL COMPETITION. I CANNOT MESS THIS UP FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO GO TO PARIS. YOU GUYS KNOW BETTER THAN THAT. AND YOU HAVE TO SPEAK VERY QUIETLY. TAKE A LOOK RIGHT NOW. HERE ARE SOME COMPETITORS. THEY ARE WARMING UP. THIS IS WHAT THEY CALL THE FIGURES EVENT, AND THEY ARE GOING THROUGH LOOPS. BECAUSE THIS IS KIND OF A FOREIGN THING TO ME, I AM TALKING HERE WITH THE FORMER NATIONAL JUDGE SUZANNE. NOW, TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT VIEWERS ARE WATCHING. WELL, GENERALLY, THEY ARE MUCH SMALLER, MUCH MORE DIFFICULT THAN BIG CIRCLES. IT TAKES A LOT OF PRACTICE, AND WE HAVE TWO WORLD-CLASS LADIES WARMING UP FOR THIS EVENT, WHICH MEANS THEY HAVE REACHED THE HIGHEST LEVEL, AND ONE OF THE SKATERS I BELIEVE DID ONE WORLD IN THE PAST. IT’S VERY EXCITING FOR THEM. THAT’S OUR GOOD FRIEND EMMA. SO EMMA HERE IS WARMING UP. NOW, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR SOMEONE TO GET TO THIS LEVEL? HOW MANY YEARS OF TRAINING AND PRACTICE? GENERALLY, THESE GIRLS START OUT, THEY COULD BE FIVE, THEY COULD BE SIX. THERE IS AT LEAST A MINIMUM OF 10 YEARS THAT HAVE GONE INTO TO REACH THIS LEVEL. AS A JUDGE, BECAUSE THE JUDGES ARE AGAINST THE WALL OVER THERE BUT BECAUSE WE CANNOT CHAT WITH THEM, WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR IN THIS VERY MOMENT? THEY ARE LOOKING FOR THE ROLE OF THE STATE, THE EDGE OF THE SKATE. YOU HAVE TO BE ON THE PROPER EDGE. IT IS NOT A CIRCLE AT THE TOP, IT’S ACTUALLY A LOOP. YOU GO UP TO THE TOP AND COME OUT. YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BODY CONTROL, FLOW OF THE SKATE. THEY DON’T GO FAST AND THEN SLOW DOWN, IT NEEDS TO BE THE SAME LEVEL OF ROLE. I HAVE TO SAY, MY FIRST JOB EVER WAS ON A ROLLER RINK. LET ME TELL YOU, I COULDN’T DO THIS. ALL I DID WAS DANCE, SO MAYBE I WILL LEARN HOW TO DO THIS MONDAY. OR NOT. EITHER WAY, BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THE COMPETITORS. THIS IS HAPPENING ALL WEEK, OVER A THOUSAND SKATERS AT THE SUNRISE ROLLER RINK. BEST OF LUCK TO THEM. THEY ARE TRYING TO GET TO WORLD. I HAD NO IDEA.

Antonio Breitenberg

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